Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Reading 1914 in 2014

This year begins the 100th anniversary of WWI. Which in itself feels a bit surreal - the event still feels far closer in international memory. For me, there's no better way to commemorate then by extending my knowledge. I do have sooooome already, I specialised in modern European history at university, so it was rather inevitable. In any case I'm actively trying to add more WWI related books to my to-read list (to sit alongside those that have already been there for years). . . and then just as actively trying to read them!

I'm trying to mix up the genres: non-fiction, fiction, contemporary and retrospective pieces. All Quiet on the Western Front was already on my Classics Club list, so I'll be trying to get to that this year. I've just added The Enormous Room to my to-read list, on the recommendation of one of my favourite bookish personalities (John Green). Thanks to the recommendation of my husband's grandfather, to whom I bow down to in all things history related, I've just started Catastrophe: Europe goes to War 1914, by Max Hastings.

What else WWI related should I be reading folks? I'm keeping my eye out and would love more recommendations, particularly fiction. WWI fiction seems less common than WWII, perhaps because WWII is easier to research and has a more clearly defined 'bad guy'? The only WWI fiction I can remember reading in recent years is Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, which is excellent (though a bit of a tome).


  1. My recommendation was going to be All Quiet on the Western Front, but I can see you're planning to get to that anyway! It really is good, I've read it a few times and will definitely read it again at some point in the future.

  2. What a great idea! I really enjoy reading a bunch of books related to one topic so I'm excited to see which WWI books you read this year :)